McCarthy Heart Hats give back to equine therapeutic program

 McCarthy Companies gives back to the community through its partnership with Heartland Therapeutic Riding, an equine assisted therapy facility in Stillwell, Kan.

McCarthy Companies gives back to the community through its partnership with Heartland Therapeutic Riding, an equine assisted therapy facility in Stillwell, Kan.

In its three years in Kansas City, McCarthy Building Companies has tackled high-profile, complex building projects. But the 152-year-old construction company has taken special consideration to give back to its community. Since arriving in Kansas City in 2013, McCarthy has been giving back through its “Heart Hats” community involvement program, an initiative that gives staff paid time off to volunteer for a special cause in the area.

For three years now, the local McCarthy team has joined forces with Heartland Therapeutic Riding, an equine assisted therapy facility in Stillwell, Kan. Recently, employee-owner volunteers built three horse stalls and vertically expanded a storage unit for horse blankets at Heartland.

Additionally, the McCarthy Heart Hats crew in February partnered with Performance Contracting Inc., Performance Abatement Services, RS Electric Construction, Kissick Construction Company, United Rentals, Metro Metals and Sutherlands Kansas City to donate numerous hours and materials to enhance the facilities at Heartland, a provider of therapeutic sports riding to those of all ages with physical or cognitive disabilities.

“The McCarthy team never fails to surpass expectations,” said Katie Loomis, an instructor and board member at Heartland Therapeutic Riding. “Their work enhances our therapy program and the experience for our riders. We are overwhelmed with gratitude.”

The McCarthy Heart Hats community involvement program is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and recognizing McCarthy employees’ volunteer efforts in a variety of causes to ensure real needs are being met in communities where employees work, live and play. Each year, McCarthy staff from across the country take at least one (paid) day off from work to utilize their building skills and other talents to aid local organizations in need. Much of the company’s community volunteering and charitable contribution is centered around children-focused organizations and missions.

“We find great satisfaction in participating in Heart Hats. There is never a shortage of volunteers who believe in giving back of their skills and time,” says Mark Heit, vice president at McCarthy Kansas City. “And Heartland is an ideal fit with our mission. It’s an honor and a joy to know that what we do on an everyday basis can make such a positive difference in the lives of others.”